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Marc Bamuthi Joseph/The Living Word Project

red, black & GREEN: a blues, Walker Commission

Part of 2011-2012 Performing Arts Season

“Joseph is the real deal, swinging with such confidence that you grasp for adjectives to capture his skills.” —Star Tribune

Spoken word/hip-hop theater artist Marc Bamuthi Joseph’s new multimedia work on environmental justice and social ecology questions collective responsibility (his own included) in a time of dramatic climate change. In an exhilarating, interactive performance of dance, text, video, and visuals, directed by Michael John Garcés, Joseph is joined onstage by dancer/actor Traci Tolmaire, turntablist Tommy Sheppard, and vocalist/visual artist Theaster Gates, who also designed the set. This piece, which begins with an immersive onstage audience experience, follows Joseph’s 2008 critically acclaimed the break/s, also co-commissioned by the Walker.

Open Stage

Theaster Gates’ rbGb stage set/art installation is open to the public in the McGuire Theater on March 16 and 17; Friday, 12 noon–2:30 pm and Saturday, 12 noon–5 pm.

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red, black & GREEN: a blues Program Notes (PDF)

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Co-commissioned by the Walker Art Center with support provided by the William and Nadine McGuire Commissioning Fund, The McKnight Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts, and Producers’ Council members Mike and Elizabeth Sweeney.